In recent years, the number of Southeast Asian visitors to Taipei has been on the rise. According to a statistics by the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the number of visitors from the Philippines in 2018 grew 44 percent from 2017, the highest growth among other Southeast Asian countries.
At a product launch event in Manila recently, where a delegation of Taiwanese businesses was present, last year’s spokesperson for Taipei travel, Filipino singer, actor, and YouTube star Mikey Bustos, was invited to promote the city again. He sang a song, “Undiscovered Taipei,” in a twist of traditional Taiwanese “seven-word tune” opera with rap.
“Here’s the deal!” says Yi-ting Liu, commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Information and Tourism. “Feel free to share and forward the video as we’ll offer a free air ticket from the Philippines to Taiwan when the music video collects over 300,000 views.”
Liu says the decision to invite Bustos again was because last year, Bustos wrote the lyrics for the song titled “My New Crushie,” which broke a record of a million views in major social networking websites.
Bustos’ latest song is also about the Taiwanese capital, “I Showed My Parents Taipei.” The song is catchy and danceable. To make this new video, he visited many different locations that he didn’t see last year and sampled a great variety of food. “The most interesting part is in the Beitou Hot Spring, because there is a comfortable spring pool in the room. We also tasted tea served in a whisky glass in a hipster tea bar. It was a relaxing experience full of surprises. Also we had a great time filming on Yangmingshan. The flower sea of hydrangea and Xiaoyukeng, a scenic part on the mountain, are absolutely stunning,” he says.
Use the hashtag #UndiscoveredTaipei if you decide to share the video on social media.